From July 1,fees in Park will increase to $12 per person per night.
According to the, the increase in fees is intended to help offset government budget deficit as well as to pay the costs of operating information centers and permit offices in Park.
The currentrate is $8/night per person.
The fee hike is also applicable to stock animals such as mules that often accompany groups to or out of the canyon. It’s in addition to a $10 permit that is required forwithin Park.
Backcountrypermit applications are accepted up to four months ahead.
The park approves around 13,000 permits for Grand Canyoneach year. Permits are required for those who wish to camp at any location outside of Grand Canyon’s .
without a permit is allowed at Grand Canyon’s Mather and Desert View , but visitors need to reserve their space early since national parks across the U.S. are already planning for record-breaking crowds.
This story originally appeared on Travel and Leisure.